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Should Hospitals invest in Sports Bars?

As Washington debates the repeal of the ACA, right here in Sioux Falls one of our industrial hospital complexes seem to be so awash in money they are investing in a new Sports Bar at the Sanford Sports Complex. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think they own the original restaurant that was there, some ownership in the hotel and the sports complex itself which includes a basketball stadium.

Sanford has argued in the past that funding these things is a ‘small percentage’ of their entire budget. But I ask a two-part question, 1) If Sanford is losing money on these facilities, how does that affect healthcare costs in Sioux Falls and wages (SD is nearly last in nursing pay in the country) or 2) if these investments are actually making money, why aren’t healthcare costs going down and paying employees more?

Sanford would argue they need these amenities to bring in good doctors with families, I get it. But what should be the true duty of healthcare? Entertaining rich doctors or bringing top notch affordable healthcare to patients? I’ve never understood making a profit on healthcare, whether that is hospitals, pharma, insurance or even ambulance service.

While patients are drowning in debt or not getting care at all, our hospitals are worried about Sports Bars and basketball, and we wonder why healthcare in our country is such a mess.

Huether Family Match Pointe; Still a polished Turd

I see the Tennis community in Sioux Falls received another innocuous National award;

Sioux Falls’ own Huether Family Match Pointe is one of 12 winners in the 36th annual United States Tennis Association Facility Awards program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country.

In 2015, the City of Sioux Falls invested $500,000 in equipment for the indoor tennis facility. Public/private partnerships make a difference in the quality of life of our community, and this investment allowed for more year-round recreation offerings for Sioux Falls and the region.

I still question what our investment has done to better the community. As you know, the parking lot is often blocked during events at the Sanford Sports Complex. I have yet to hear anybody who has used the facility. I still think we should be paid back, especially after a sitting mayor plastered their name on a non-profit facility that was subsidized by taxpayers. It just doesn’t smell right.